The city of Clawson will connect the water main that runs along 14 Mile Road with the water main that dead ends at Bowers Street in conjunction with a  parking lot restoration project at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

The city of Clawson will connect the water main that runs along 14 Mile Road with the water main that dead ends at Bowers Street in conjunction with a parking lot restoration project at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

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Guardian Angels to redo parking lot

Project will help city make water line connection

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 30, 2019

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CLAWSON — Guardian Angels Catholic Church is set to begin a parking lot improvement project in June.

During the April 16 Clawson City Council meeting, Clawson Public Works consultant Harry Drinkwine also requested and was granted approval to embark on a water line connection project in the church’s parking lot.

“We’ve been patching the parking lot for a number of years, and it just came time that it had to be replaced,” Guardian Angels Deacon Bob Schwartz said. “We’ve agreed to grant the city the easement.”

Schwartz said the city would place the connecting line in May and would be done, they hope, by June 1. The church’s paver, he said, then agreed to start the approximately two- to three-week paving project June 24.

“We’re basically tearing it out and replacing it. It’s all cracked up. It’s served well for lots of years, but we continue to have potholes, and it’s time to quit patching and do the job,” he said. “We wanted them to dig the hole and put the line in there before we did the parking lot, because we didn’t want to have to tear through a new driveway.”

Drinkwine said the deal came together in a hurry, so he did not have time to place the item on the council’s agenda and instead made his request during the new business portion of the meeting. Time was of the essence, he said, so the contractor could order the necessary supplies.

He requested approval of installing approximately 350 feet of water main along the easternmost driveway of Guardian Angels on East 14 Mile Road and connecting it to the dead-end water main at Bowers Street for a total cost of $92,140 to come out of the city’s water fund.

“Bowers comes in off Rochester Road as a water main. I think it was installed in 1923, and it dead-ends at the property line between Bowers property and from GA,” Drinkwine said. “This is a necessity for the city to eliminate this dead-end water main.”

He said the church’s parking lot project would shave off more than $60,000 from the city’s cost, since it will not have to install the new driveway.

The project would also add fire hydrants at the east driveway on 14 Mile Road, on a landscape island in the church parking lot, and would replace the hydrant on Bowers that has been there since the 1920s, Drinkwine said.

Clawson Fire Department Chief Troy Engel said he was glad for the added hydrants and improvement to the water main system.

“It’s a big plus for us and a big plus for residents. It gives us the water supply we need to extinguish a fire quickly,” Engel said. 

Some City Council members had concerns about the cost of the project and passed a motion approving the project contingent upon knowing that funds for the project were available, which was later verified.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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